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Stockholm University signs up for ELDICO’s ED-1 with Excillum’s electron beam technology inside

ELDICO’s electron diffractometer, ELDICO ED-1, will be installed at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) at Stockholm University.
The revolutionary electron diffractometer shows compelling performance: With recently achieved R1 values below 10% the ELDICO ED-1 delivers results of unprecedented quality for 3D ED data collection and is as such perfectly suited for demanding scientific applications. The ED-1 has a 160 keV electron beam system, which was developed in partnership with Excillum.

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) at Stockholm University will receive an ELDICO ED-1, the world’s first system dedicated solely to electron diffraction. The Swiss technology company ELDICO Scientific and Stockholm University have signed an agreement today. The innovative device will be delivered and put into operation in the first quarter of 2023. That novel electron diffractometer delivers measurement results of unprecedented quality for a broad range of scientific samples. The diffractometer is designed to measure samples in the range from 10 to 1,000 nm and is targeted to provide resolution of at least to 0.82 Å and has recently achieved R1 values below 10%. Much smaller crystals can thus be analysed, and the time-consuming cultivation of larger crystals is rendered superfluous. The ELDICO ED-1 combines the potential of electrons with the accuracy and the ease-of-use known from X-ray crystallography.

Stockholm University, and in particular Professor Xiaodong Zou’s group, has been a leader in electron diffraction for decades and operates a large variety of analytical instruments. This will now be significantly expanded with the ELDICO ED-1. “ELDICO’s electron diffractometer is a new analytical instrument that will greatly expand our analytical and scientific capabilities, especially in the field of porous materials such as zeolites and metal-organic frameworks. We are therefore very pleased to be among the first research institutions able to operate an ELDICO ED-1,” says Prof. Xiaodong Zou, from the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) at Stockholm University.

“We are honoured to count Xiaodong Zou’s group and Stockholm University, a pioneer in electron diffraction, among our first customers,” says Dr. Sebastian Schegk, Chief Commercial Officer of ELDICO Scientific, at the signing ceremony in Stockholm.

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University has always been at the forefront of scientific research in 3D ED matters. It is as such perfectly set up to make use of ELDICOs groundbreaking innovation. The ELDICO ED-1 has a 160 keV electron beam perfectly suited for the investigation and treatment of sensitive samples, which was developed in partnership with Excillum, a leading high-tech company in the field of high-end X-ray sources and advanced e-beam technology.

Dr. Hongyi Xu, principal investigator and as such responsible to further develop and apply electron crystallography methods says: “ELDICO ED-1 is a user-friendly electron diffractometer that is easy to setup for 3D ED data collection. The ground-up design from scratch and high precision engineering of the goniometer offers outstanding continuous rotation stability and great flexibility for further method development.”

ELDICO Scientific operates the world’s first Experience Centre in March in Basel, Switzerland and has made the electron diffraction more accessible and available to industry and science. Interested researchers from companies or scientific institutions can send in material samples to be analysed by ELDICO.

ELDICO Scientific AG (The Electron Diffraction Company) is a Swiss technology and service company founded in 2019 and based in the Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), a world-leading research institute for natural sciences and engineering. ELDICO develops, manufactures and commercializes electron diffractometers , i.e. novel analytical instruments for electron based crystallography, enabling to investigate nano-crystalline samples. ELDICO will launch the first instrument specifically designed for nano-crystallographic investigations. Proof-of-concept was achieved in 2018 (ETH Zurich, C-CINA Basel) as part of a Nano-Argovia project of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI). It was published in 2018 and awarded Top 5 “Breakthrough of the Year 2018” by the leading science magazine SCIENCE. In 2020 among other public recognitions on Swiss and EU level, ELDICO took 2nd place in the prestigious Pioneer Prize awarded by Technopark Zurich and the Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB). ELDICO’s clients are industrial and academic researchers in large and fast growing industries such as the pharmaceutical industry, the electromobility, and the advanced materials / MOF sector. The company partners with leading engineering companies and component suppliers among Dectris, Excillum and SmarAct to deliver superior performance.


Published: December 9, 2022